As one of the most common afflictions in the modern world, arthritis hampers many of our lives. According to the CDC, a shocking 62% of adults over the age of 65 today suffer from arthritis. Therefore, many live with the pain and limitations that it brings and some without ever receiving any assistance or relief.
Although clinical management of the pain of arthritis is possible, there is no cure for the condition at present. One treatment that does exist which can help to limit the pain and severity of discomfort, though, is regular sauna sessions.
Visiting a sauna on a regular basis is a great way to help find some relief from the constant pain caused by suffering from arthritis. Why, then, is going for such a treatment better for the body than conventional medical treatments?
- More medically viable. Taking pharmaceutical medications relies on the body being in the condition to handle the management of the drug. Many medications which are for arthritis are extremely strong, and can potentially be quite harsh on the liver. For those with minimal liver function this means treatments can become unusable. A sauna offers a natural means of pain relief, making it more medically viable.
- Releases endorphins. The comforting nature of a sauna means that spending time in one releases endorphins – the hormone that make us literally feel happier and healthier. Saunas also help to slowly release adrenaline and cortisol into the body. Both provide anti-inflammatory benefits and help to block out the sensation of pain in the body.
- Detoxify the system. The environment that you sit in when at the sauna is a naturally good fit for helping the pain and weakness arthritis brings to the body. It helps to literally unblock your system and via perspiration remove pollutants and chemicals in your body. As such, coming out of a sauna should leave you feeling far better than it did beforehand. The increased heat in the room also opens up your pores, allowing you to detoxify at a rapid rate.
- Enhance mobility. A major benefit of using a sauna to help with arthritis, though, is the mobility aspect that it brings. Regular sauna sessions can help to counteract the ‘seizing’ feeling that tends to come from the condition. The extra temperature of a sauna will greatly heighten your blood circulation. Faster circulation means less pain in the joints, meaning that you can move freer as the day goes on. Try going for a sauna in the morning and notice how much more comfortable you are as the day wears on.
As you can see, going for a sauna has a powerful restorative effect on the body. It’s not only a worthwhile consideration to make sure you see consistent improvement in your day-to-day living, but it’s good for improving quality of life in general. You should find yourself more agile and comfortable dealing with tasks that were easy for you prior to the onset or the development of such a severe health condition.
Arthritis cannot be cured, yet, but it can be countered. The next time you feel like your arthritis is a little too much to deal with, book in at a sauna.
Andrew Ellis is the ‘hands-on’ webmaster, content curator and Captain of the good ship Poshh Living. Father of one and master of none. Fitness, health and of course home improvement are Andrew’s key areas of expertise. Andrew has worked in many roles, from product designer to purchaser, for spa products, garden furniture and tech. Andrew is a really well-respected voice within these business circles